Market Watch Top 10: Magicians Rally

Jason Grabher-Meyer

12/22/2017 11:00:00 AM
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Welcome back to another Market Watch Top 10!

In our last Market Watch we saw news from the OCG Jump Festa Live Stream and the product information it revealed making an immediate impact, as new cards from Flames of Destruction skyrocketed demand for cards like Wind-Ups. That hype proved a little shortlived, as the market returned to previous trends from Monday to Friday.

The two big winners this week were familiar, but perhaps for slightly different reasons: Trickstars and Magicians were the two big standouts amongst a sea of generic splashables, and both themes are seeing some action in the OCG. Trickstars have some new cards and some reprints on the way, while Supreme King Magicians – a variant of what we'd call Pendulum Magicians here – have done very well in recent logged tournament results .

Meanwhile both decks continue to top Regionals, arguably gaining some momentum this month – especially Pendulum Magicians, on the rise after a comeback showing at YCS Beunos Aires .

So where did that leave the Top 10? Let's dive in and find out!

#10: Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit

Ghost Ogre was missing from the Top 10 over the weekend, but it reemerged this week as more players started seeing it topping Regionals in conjunction with Emergency Teleport. A late-season tech innovation, Emergency Teleport's being played as a fourth Ghost Ogre played with different timing, and often for a different purpose; namely Synchro Summoning.

 Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit
$7.12
$5.75
$4.05
Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit122297
Set 2016 Mega-Tins
Number CT13-EN012
Level 3
Type Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Psychic
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 0 / 1800
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

During either player's turn, when a monster on the field activates its effect, or when a Spell/Trap Card that is already face-up on the field activates its effect: You can send this card from your hand or field to the Graveyard; destroy that card on the field. You can only use this effect of "Ghost Ogre & Snow Rabbit" once per turn.


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#9: Solemn Strike

Another Rebound from last week, Solemn Strike is back in the Top 10, where it's spent most of its time since its reissuing as a Super Rare promo in Code of the Duelist: Special Edition. Not much of a surprise here: as the “Go Second” play ethos has started to expand from SPYRALs into decks like Trickstars and True Draco Invoked, the pressure to run big Turn 1 defense and flexible disruption heightens for the decks aiming to go first.

That's kept Solemn Strike a big pick for weeks, and it's unlikely to slip from the Top 10 again any time soon.

 Solemn Strike
Price N/A
Solemn Strike145917
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-ENSE2
Type Counter Trap Card
Attribute TRAP 
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

When a monster(s) would be Special Summoned, or a monster effect is activated: Pay 1500 LP; negate the Summon or activation, and if you do, destroy that card.


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#8: Proxy Dragon

Another splashable staple that usually ranks a bit higher than Number 8, Proxy Dragon's stock continues to remain steady as more and more decks become increasingly invested in Link Summoning. We've seen Proxy Dragon go from a common one-of in Extra Decks to seeing more play in multiples, and that's kept demand high.

 Proxy Dragon
Price N/A
Proxy Dragon141276
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN003
Type Link/Effect Monster
Monster Cyberse
Attribute LIGHT 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

2 monsters
If a card(s) you control would be destroyed by battle or card effect, you can destroy 1 of your monsters this card points to, instead.


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#7: Double Iris Magician

Magicians were once again the big winners this week, putting in some strong performances in Regional Qualifiers and looking impressive in overseas metagames. Double Iris Magician remains one of the most respected lynchpins of the Pendulum Magician game plan, and when demand spikes for the theme, Double Iris is always one of the big benefactors.

 Double Iris Magician
$2.24
$0.99
$0.66
Double Iris Magician134950
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN003
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 1500 / 1000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : Once per turn: You can target 1 DARK Spellcaster-Type monster you control; apply this effect to it, then destroy this card. Once applied, double any battle damage that monster inflicts to your opponent this turn if it battles an opponent's monster.
Monster Effect : (This card is always treated as a "Pendulum Dragon" card.) If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can add 1 "Pendulumgraph" card from your Deck to your hand.


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#6: Missus Radiant

Repopularized with the adoption of Scapegoat into widespread tournament competition, Missus Radiant's still one of the best two-down-arrow Link Monsters in the game. Scapegoat's now ubiquitous in Trickstars and regularly appears in other strategies, keeping Missus Radiant a hot pick in the TCGplayer Marketplace.

 Missus Radiant
$3.96
$1.49
$1.00
Missus Radiant139218
Set Code of the Duelist
Number COTD-EN052
Type Link/Effect Monster
Attribute EARTH 
A / D 1400 /
Rarity Super Rare
Card Text

2 EARTH monsters
All EARTH monsters on the field gain 500 ATK and DEF, also all WIND monsters on the field lose 400 ATK and DEF. If this card is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can target 1 EARTH monster in your GY; add it to your hand. You can only use this effect of "Missus Radiant" once per turn.


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#5: The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode

Still huge despite a relatively niche role as a Side Deck pick against big first-turn setup decks like SPYRALs, The Winged Dragon of Ra – Sphere Mode was once again massively popular. While its average Market Price has remained fairly steady at about $3 since its Circuit Break: Special Edition reprint, supply is actually drying up here on TCGplayer.

Whether demand is sufficient to create a price spike in a buyout situation is up in the air, but regardless, a lot of late adopters are clearly trying to get theirs before that question becomes relevant.

 The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode
$38.75
$20.55
$12.97
The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode99961
Set Duelist Pack: Battle City
Number DPBC-EN001
Level 10
Type Effect Monster
Monster Divine-Beast
Attribute DIVINE 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Cannot be Special Summoned. Requires 3 Tributes from either side of the field to Normal Summon to that side of the field (cannot be Normal Set), then shift control to this card's owner during the End Phase of the next turn. Cannot attack. Your opponent cannot target this card for attacks or by card effects. You can Tribute this card; Special Summon 1 "The Winged Dragon of Ra" from your hand or Deck, ignoring its Summoning conditions, and if you do, its ATK and DEF become 4000.


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#4: Astrograph Sorcerer

As we often see, the rise in demand for Pendulum Magicians launched Astrograph Sorcerer to higher sales than almost anything else in the deck – always interesting, since Astrograph's no longer seeing play in the majority of Top 8 builds. While it's made some return to the top tables in the last two weekends of Regionals, Astrograph's appeal still seems to be rooted at least partially in casual tastes, as it has That Boss Monster Feeling that can often push sales.

That said, Wavering Eyes has been seeing an uptick in play in Pendulum Magician lists, and that makes Astrograph Sorcerer a little stronger. We'll have to see how the card trends in upcoming tournaments, but it's going to be tough to gauge with Regionals on hiatus for the next two weeks.

 Astrograph Sorcerer
$6.88
$4.00
$2.71
Astrograph Sorcerer134948
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN001
Level 7
Type Pendulum/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
A / D 2500 / 2000
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : During your Main Phase: You can destroy this card, and if you do, take 1 "Stargazer Magician" from your hand or Deck, and either place it in your Pendulum Zone or Special Summon it. You can only use this effect of "Astrograph Sorcerer" once per turn.
Monster Effect : If a card(s) you control is destroyed by battle or card effect: You can Special Summon this card from your hand, then you can choose 1 monster in the Graveyard, Extra Deck, or that is banished, and that was destroyed this turn, and add 1 monster with the same name from your Deck to your hand. You can banish this card you control, plus 4 monsters from your hand, field, and/or Graveyard (1 each with "Pendulum Dragon", "Xyz Dragon", "Synchro Dragon", and "Fusion Dragon" in their names); Special Summon 1 "Supreme King Z-ARC" from your Extra Deck. (This is treated as a Fusion Summon.)


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#3: Eater of Millions

A big pick on and off since becoming a staple for Tricksatrs, Eater of Millions put in huge numbers this week, albeit a big chunk of sales went to single buyers – likely speculators more than tournament players. Eater of Millions is interesting in that some weeks it's been bought up by huge numbers of individual players, and other weeks we're clearly seeing patterns that suggest vendors are stocking up. Who's doing the buying seems to vary day to day.

Still available in deep supply, the Raging Tempest original is only 5 to 15 cents a piece right now, making it an attractive long shot bet for the coming months. We know Trickstars are getting more printed support and likely more reprints, so the long term logic is clear.

 Eater of Millions
$0.57
$0.23
$0.15
Eater of Millions127286
Set Raging Tempest
Number RATE-EN032
Level 1
Type Effect Monster
Monster Fiend
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Common
Card Text

Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must be Special Summoned (from your hand) by banishing 5 or more cards from your hand, field and/or Extra Deck, face-down, and cannot be Special Summoned by other ways. This card gains 100 ATK and DEF for each face-down banished card. This face-up card on the field cannot be Tributed, nor used as Material for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon. Once per turn, at the start of the Damage Step, if this card battles an opponent's monster: You can banish that opponent's monster, face-down.


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#2: Pot of Desires

Yup! This was one of the weeks where Pot of Desires actually fell from the Number 1 spot. The winner, you ask?

 Pot of Desires
Price N/A
Pot of Desires141277
Set 2017 Mega-Tins
Number CT14-EN004
Type Normal Spell Card
Attribute SPELL 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Banish 10 cards from the top of your Deck, face-down; draw 2 cards. You can only activate 1 "Pot of Desires" per turn.


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#1: Harmonizing Magician

It's Harmonizing Magician! Outselling Astrograph Sorcerer, the spike of demand for Harmonizing Magician suggests actual tournament players… and those at least concerned with tournament play… were out in force this week to snag their copies.

 Harmonizing Magician
$3.02
$1.92
$0.91
Harmonizing Magician134957
Set Pendulum Evolution
Number PEVO-EN010
Level 4
Type Pendulum/Tuner/Effect Monster
Monster Spellcaster
Attribute DARK 
Rarity Ultra Rare
Card Text

Pendulum Effect : All monsters you control gain 100 ATK and DEF for each face-up "Magician" Pendulum Monster with different names in your Extra Deck.
Monster Effect : Cannot be Special Summoned from the Extra Deck. Cannot be used as Material for a Fusion, Synchro, or Xyz Summon, unless all other Materials are "Magician" Pendulum Monsters. When this card is Pendulum Summoned from the hand: You can Special Summon 1 "Magician" Pendulum Monster from your Deck in Defense Position, except "Harmonizing Magician", but it has its effects negated, also banish it when it leaves the field. You can only use this effect of "Harmonizing Magician" once per turn.


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What else was big this week? Sales for Wind-Ups plummeted in the wake of the weekend, but that could be owed to short supply – Wind-Up Rat sold out in the Marketplace and more than doubled in price. Wind-Up Factory sold in droves though, to a limited number of buyers suggesting vendors and speculators.

We also saw big niche sales of Six Samurai cards, especially Asceticism of the Six Samurai and Legendary Six Samurai – Shi En. Both cards are likely to be focal points of an updated Six Samurai strategy, if we ever see one materialize here in TCG competition.

That's it for this week, but we'll be back on Monday with a holiday edition of Market Watch. See you then!

-Jason Grabher-Meyer


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